Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead,” says Anupam Chander, a professor at Georgetown University who studies China.“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead.”.

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles

Friday, Bloomberg reported that Trump will “sign an order” directing TikTok ’s Chinese owner Bytedance to sell off the service.Bytedance doesn’t deny that it censors its Chinese services in line with government rules, but the company says it operates TikTok, which is not available in China, differently.

Here’s Every New Xbox Game Microsoft Just Revealed

Here’s Every New Xbox Game Microsoft Just Revealed

Sony told us all about the PS5's games some weeks back, and now Microsoft's Xbox Showcase just wrapped up, bringing a handful of new games and a few Xbox Series X exclusives—some of which are coming out this year.

Apple Sets Climate Goals for 2030, Joining Amazon and Microsoft

Apple Sets Climate Goals for 2030, Joining Amazon and Microsoft

The public commitments made by Apple and other companies sometimes read like a jumble of climate-related buzzwords, difficult to decipher without knowing exactly how these companies plan to neutralize or reduce the usage of dirty energy in their manufacturing or shipping processes.

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

“One of the things I was also blown away by was the amount of data and tech that is already in what is the oldest industry,” Nadella said when asked why his company pursued the partnership.

Kano's New Kids Laptop Is Repairable, Cheap, and Runs Windows

Kano's New Kids Laptop Is Repairable, Cheap, and Runs Windows

Now, thanks in part to a new partnership with Microsoft, Kano is releasing the Kano PC, a cheap, powerful, and repairable Windows laptop aimed at the education market.Microsoft, which has struggled of late against iPads and Chromebooks in the education market, gets a new way to put Windows into schools.

Microsoft Warns of a 17-Year-Old ‘Wormable’ Bug

Microsoft Warns of a 17-Year-Old ‘Wormable’ Bug

On top of all of that, says Check Point's head of vulnerability research Omri Herscovici, the Windows DNS bug can in some cases be exploited with no action on the part of the target user, creating a seamless and powerful attack.

Microsoft Halts a Global Fraud Campaign That Targeted CEOs

Microsoft Halts a Global Fraud Campaign That Targeted CEOs

The attackers returned with a new BEC that took a different tack: instead of tricking targets into logging in to lookalike sites, and consequently divulging the passwords, the scam used emails that instructed the recipient to give what was purported to be a Microsoft app access to an Office 365 account.

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Some tech giants like Google and Facebook have already paused accepting requests for data from Hong Kong authorities.After the implementation rules were released, companies including Google, Zoom, Microsoft, and Telegram all said they would temporarily stop accepting requests for user data from the Hong Kong government.

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels ‘Master’ and ‘Slave’

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels ‘Master’ and ‘Slave’

Microsoft’s GitHub , a popular software development platform with 50 million users, will replace the word “master” as the default branch name for new repositories, a spokesperson says.

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

In interviews with WIRED, the people behind some of cloud gaming’s biggest services and data center organizations lifted the curtain on the infrastructure powering these immaterial services.“We live in a culture of ‘instant’ when it comes to any kind of electronic media,” says Microsoft corporate vice president of cloud gaming Kareem Choudhry.

Which Microsoft Surface Device Should You Buy?

Which Microsoft Surface Device Should You Buy?

Best known for innovative, tablet-like hardware designs, Microsoft has expanded its Surface line over the years and now offers a full family of computers, from a standard laptop to a giant desktop.Last year, Microsoft added a 15-inch model to its Surface Laptop line.

Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Will Shut Down

Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Will Shut Down

Microsoft’s livestreaming service Mixer will shut down on July 22 and is “teaming up” with Facebook Gaming to give partnered Mixer streams a new home, both companies announced on Monday.

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

This week IBM, Amazon , and Microsoft all said they would halt sales of facial recognition to US police and called on Congress to impose rules on use of the technology.

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial-recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Microsoft Build Looks Very Different This Year

Microsoft Build Looks Very Different This Year

As in years past, Microsoft will detail updates to its sprawling suite of software: improvements to Windows; expansions of the Azure cloud-computing platform; and enhancements to Teams, the office productivity tool that competes with and Slack.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

New research from Microsoft shows that ransomware attackers are actively making that crisis worse, forcing health care and critical infrastructure organizations to pay up when they can least afford downtime.The Microsoft researchers often observed attackers getting their initial network access by exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in victims' web infrastructure.

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

Microsoft Edge received the lowest privacy rating in a recently published study that compared the user information collected by major browsers.Edge also sends the hardware UUID of the device to Microsoft and Yandex similarly transmits a hashed hardware identifier to back end servers.

Microsoft and GitHub Strengthen Their Hold on Open Source

Microsoft and GitHub Strengthen Their Hold on Open Source

Like GitHub, NPM charges users who want to host code on its service privately instead of making it publicly available.Companies might want to do this so that they can manage open source and proprietary software through the same tools.

Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life

Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life

Microsoft, Apple, and Google have put tools for the job right inside their operating systems, while applications have come to rely more and more on the cloud, so your important data is most likely already backed up somewhere online ready to be redownloaded.

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini's Launch Is Delayed Due to Covid-19

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini's Launch Is Delayed Due to Covid-19

For Microsoft's and Sony's console launches to face serious trouble, the impact of the coronavirus on production facilities would have to last through June, Pachter said.

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Currently 56 percent of malware threats against Gmail users come from Microsoft Office documents, and 2 percent come from PDFs. In the months that it's been active, the new scanner has increased its daily malicious Office document detection by 10 percent.

Microsoft's Secured-Core PC Feature Protects Critical Code

Microsoft's Secured-Core PC Feature Protects Critical Code

Microsoft already offers Windows Secure Boot, a feature that checks for cryptographic signatures to confirm software integrity.Instead of relying on firmware, Microsoft has worked with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm to make new central processing unit chips that can run integrity checks during boot in a controlled, cryptographically verified way.

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

Open the browser menu, click Settings , then choose Privacy and Services to find the three levels of privacy Edge offers.Pick Focused for simple, clutter-free access to your bookmarks and a web search; go with Inspirational to add a background image; choose Informational to add some feeds from Microsoft News.

An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News

An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News

Tesla is surging and Microsoft is purging, but first: a cartoon about wedding software updates .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.This stock surge may be a sign the company has finally figured out how to deliver on its promises and execute them smoothly.

Windows 10 Has a Security Flaw So Severe the NSA Disclosed It

Windows 10 Has a Security Flaw So Severe the NSA Disclosed It

In fact, Neuberger said that disclosing the code verification bug to Microsoft and the public is part of a new NSA initiative in which the agency will share its vulnerability findings more quickly and more often.

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

In a 2013 poll by Spiceworks, 26 percent of respondents projected that they wouldn't migrate away from Windows XP before Microsoft ended support for that operating system in 2014.

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

The Commerce Department is, in fact, still weighing further AI software controls, and the Trump administration is increasingly scrutinizing how Silicon Valley interacts with China.“I don’t think any US government official expects to keep China from developing AI—they are doing quite well—but they don’t want companies like Google or Microsoft helping them,” says James Lewis, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington DC think tank.

Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic

Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic

It’s a joke so tired you’ll hear it from someone jumping on a trampoline, but that’s what came into my head as I banked a small turboprop airplane above my neighborhood in the new version of a revived classic, Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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